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More Fallout at Susan G. Komen for the Cure

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Posted on Feb 7, 2012

It’s been a week since the Richter-rocking PR disaster about defunding Planned Parenthood struck the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer charity, and on Tuesday another big figure at the foundation shook loose.

That would be the Komen foundation’s VP for public affairs, Karen Handel, who initially pushed for the defunding and rather unapologetically took responsibility for doing so in her defiant parting statement.  —KA

I am deeply disappointed by the gross mischaracterizations of the strategy, its rationale, and my involvement in it. I openly acknowledge my role in the matter and continue to believe our decision was the best one for Komen’s future and the women we serve. However, the decision to update our granting model was made before I joined Komen, and the controversy related to Planned Parenthood has long been a concern to the organization. Neither the decision nor the changes themselves were based on anyone’s political beliefs or ideology. Rather, both were based on Komen’s mission and how to better serve women, as well as a realization of the need to distance Komen from controversy. I believe that Komen, like any other nonprofit organization, has the right and the responsibility to set criteria and highest standards for how and to whom it grants.

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By adeba, February 8, 2012 at 1:45 pm Link to this comment

Athirson- has to be government investigation. The language was
constructed to make the current of PP investigation by ONE congressman
grounds for dead-funding. And would therefore make it easy for a series of
such investigations by like-minded politicians to disqualify PP forever.
This stratagem was quite believably in process before Handel officially came
on board.
SGK for all it’s faults was a go-to model of a conservative, right-wing
organization acting responsibly and directing it’s funding to a specific
aspect of female health without compromising it’s objection to choice.

Revealing how deep their politics run was stupid. We should be grateful for
the wake-up call.

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By Athirson, February 8, 2012 at 9:54 am Link to this comment
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If it had nothing to do with politics, why is SGK
Still funding State Penn University?  After all, State
Penn is indeed under investigation for harboring child
molestation.  Does SGK want me to think that Planned
Parenthood performing abortions is a greater evil than

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By JSand, February 8, 2012 at 5:08 am Link to this comment

Oh the victim again.  she was mischarachterized as the person who advocated for the discontinuance of funding.

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By adeba, February 7, 2012 at 3:08 pm Link to this comment

’ DISTANCE’ ?  Really-that’s the spin a supposedly intelligent woman thinks
folks will buy?  More than anything else, this kind of insulting language
marks the speaker as a right-wing reactionary first and foremost, because
that is language crafted to appeal to folks capable of believing that pro-
choice organizations are political, but anti-choice machinations are not.

Which is to say she is preaching to her own choir of cynics, dim wits, and
actual true believers. Those who object to a woman’s right to terminate a
pregnancy on moral grounds should simply say so.  The lying, denial and
spinning are an insult to all the honest passion on both sides.

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